What are the Symptoms of Panic Disorder?

 

The main symptom is common and unexpected panic attacks that cause great worry and stress, ruining your ability to function normally throughout the day. When having a panic attack, it is common to experience the following symptoms:

 

  • Sweating,
  • Shaking,
  • Shortness of breath,
  • Nausea,
  • Chest pain,
  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Dizziness,
  • Cold and hot spells,
  • Heart palpitations or fast beating, and/or
  • A fear of dying or losing control of everything.

Are Panic Disorders Common?

 

In any given year, around 2-3% of adults will have a panic attack. Panic disorder generally occurs during a person’s early 20’s but can happen earlier in life. Women are much more likely to be affected by a panic disorder than men are.

 

Are Panic Disorders Serious?

 

Panic disorders can render people unable to function normally due to fear. This fear occurs not only during a panic attack, but when they happen frequently people affected may live in fear of when the next one will happen, crippling their quality of life. Sometimes people will be too afraid to drive or leave their home out of fear of having a panic attack during that time.

 

What are the Causes of Panic Disorder?

 

Like most mental illnesses, there is not one definitive cause for everyone. It is likely to be a combination of biology, genetics and psychology.

Some studies suggest that the part of the brain which alerts you to potential danger may send a ‘false positive’, causing a panic attack. This causes the person to think their life is in danger as that part of the brain has triggered.

 

Can Panic Disorders be Cured?

 

Treating panic disorder has a high success rate. Although it is rare to become panic free for the rest of your life, with the right treatment you should be well most of the time. Panic disorder is not something treated once with a dose of medication and it is gone – it takes time and you must work towards overcoming the disorder. Generally, there are techniques that will be taught to you by a mental health professional which will help you deal with how you feel during a panic attack and how to manage attacks when they come.

 

How is Panic Disorder Treated?

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for panic disorder. CBT will help you identify what causes your panic attacks as well as indicators that you are about to have a panic attack, such as sensations you may feel. You will also learn relaxation and other techniques to control how you are feeling and stop a panic attack. It takes work and practice for CBT to become effective, but it often becomes more effective than any medications.

 Am I crazy because I had a Panic Attack?

 

Having a panic attack does not necessarily mean you have a panic disorder. Panic attacks can happen to anyone, like how feeling down one day does not mean you have depression. Panic is a normal reaction in the body that was designed to keep us alive when our lives are threatened. Nowadays, panic attacks generally occur in times of stress, such as after a loved one passes away, during divorce or job loss. If you have a panic attack you should see a mental health professional who will help to manage and try prevent future attacks during this stressful time.

If you or someone you love is experiencing recurring panic attacks, please contact a mental health professional. You can contact us here: we will do our best to assist you.

Am I crazy Because I had a Panic Attack?

Having a panic attack does not necessarily mean you have a panic disorder. Panic attacks can happen to anyone, like how feeling down one day does not mean you have depression. Panic is a normal reaction in the body that was designed to keep us alive when our lives are threatened. Nowadays, panic attacks generally occur in times of stress, such as after a loved one passes away, during divorce or job loss. If you have a panic attack you should see a mental health professional who will help to manage and try prevent future attacks during this stressful time.

If you or someone you love is experiencing recurring panic attacks, please contact a mental health professional. You can contact us here: we will do our best to assist you.

Reference:

Haggerty, J. (2016). Frequently Asked Questions about Panic Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/lib/frequently-asked-questions-about-panic-disorder/